Rob Sequin | Havana Journal
New Jersey state lawmakers are planning to introduce a resolution calling on President Barack Obama and Congress to pressure Cuba to return FBI fugitive Assata Shakur who murdered a New Jersey state trooper in 1973.
JoAnne Chesimard was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life for murder but escaped from the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in 1979. She was convicted of murdering State Trooper Werner Foerster and other related crimes. The U.S. Justice Department has offered a $1 million reward since 2005 for her capture.
This is an undated picture provided by the New Jersey State Police showing Assata Shakur - the former Joanne Chesimard - who was put on a U.S. government terrorist watch list on May 2, 2005. On the same day, New Jersey officials announced a $1 million reward for her capture. A member of the Black Liberation Army, Shakur, 57, was convicted in 1973 of killing New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. She escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba. AP FILE PHOTO
AP Photo/FBI, FileJoanne Chesimard is seen in, from left: a 1973, 1979, and 1982 file photo
Senators Sean Kean and Fred Madden intend to introduce a resolution calling on the United States to withhold normalization of diplomatic relations with Cuba until Chesimard is extradited from Cuba to the United States. The Senators said President Obama’s move to ease sanctions against Cuba is an opportunity to bring back Chesimard.
The senators are expected to be joined by State Troopers Fraternal Association President David Jones, New Jersey State PBA President Anthony Wieners, New Jersey State Troopers Non-Commissioned Officers Association President Dennis Hallion and New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police President Ed Brannigan when they introduce the resolution.